Advice on how to succeed on the academic job market is not hard to come by. Just about everyone seems to have an opinion. Senior faculty and placement directors have opinions. People on search committees have opinions. People on philosophy blogs have opinions. Etc. Yet, as is typically the case, these opinions often diverge sharply. One person says it is an absolute necessity to publish in top-20 journals, another person denies it. One person says publishing in lower-tier journals hurts you, another person denies it. And of course many people just say it's all one big crap-shoot--like buying a lottery ticket. Get lucky, you get a job. Unlucky, you don't.
I'd like to try to do better than this. I would like to collect and analyze data from candidates on the market each year so that we can actually get a clearer, fact-based picture of which sorts of things benefit/harm people on the market. In the past, I have collected some data on new hires, and the data suggested some surprising things: namely, that (A) lower-tier publications do not appear to harm candidates, but indeed, help them, and (B) top-tier publications appear entirely unnecessary for landing a teaching job.
This year, however, and in future years, I would like to collect data from people currently on the market. In particular, I would like to ask people to report all of the following data in the comments section to this post:
- PhD program Leiter rank:
- Graduation status: (ABD, graduated 1 year ago, 2 years ago, 3 years ago, etc.)
- Current position: (Graduate student, Adjunct, Post-Doc, VAP, etc.)
- Total # of jobs applied for:
- Total # of interviews:
- Total # of TT interviews:
- Total # of non-TT interviews:
- Total # of job offers:
- Total # of publications:
- Total # of top-5 publications: (general rankings here, moral philosophy rankings here, etc.)
- Total # of top-10 publications:
- Total # of top-20 publications:
- Total # of non-top-20 publications:
- # of years experience solo-teaching:
- Student evaluation average:
Anything I left out? Anyway, please spread the word so that we can get a good data-set. I'll then crunch the numbers and see if there are any trends!